Benue State Governor Samuel Ottom claimed that some governors and other members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) joined the All Progressive Congress (APC) because they feared the EFCC would prosecute them.
The governor made this accusation in an interview with journalists at Makkurdi airport when he was returning from a trip to Oyo state, where he visited Governor Seyi Makinde to commission his project.
He expressed confidence that the defections would not have any adverse effect on the fortunes of the opposition.
Governor Ortom said now that Nigerians have tested the PDP and the APC they do not need a prophet from heaven to tell them which party to vote for in 2023.
The Benue state governor who was once a member of the APC claimed that ruling party has performed below average.
“I have been in Politics since 1982, and there is nothing I don’t know in this game, so most of the people decamping now are afraid of the EFCC, as you know, the former APC chairman Adams Oshiomole once announced it publicly that anyone who decamp to APC his or her sins are forgiven, but for me I am not in for any kangaroo forgiveness of sin, that is why I am always advising my people to do the right thing.”
Governor Ortom finally declared that no one will stop the EFCC from prosecuting anyone for fraud. He pointed out that it is better for him to return to his village as a farmer than to get involved in anything that could get him in trouble. The two most recent PDP governors to join APC are Dave Umahi from Ebonyi State and Ben Ayade from Cross River State.